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Foameez - Foam building and packing block Answered

My MIT undergraduate advisor and all-around-mechanical-design-ninja, Alex Slocum, created these foam building blocks/packing material, he calls Foameez. He sent Instructables a box full of them hoping we'd be able to come up with some cool uses. So far we've made Marge Simpson hair and a Fantastic Four Thing-like costume.

What would you build with these? If your idea is compelling enough, I'll send you some...

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Flumpkins
Flumpkins

12 years ago

where can you get foamees?

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GorillazMiko
GorillazMiko

12 years ago

I would build an Instructables Robot costume if I had enough. Or like a life sized one, but not that big. :O

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Karatekidder
Karatekidder

12 years ago

I was looking for an exercise mat for my 7 year old to practice his rolls and falls for Tae-Kwan-Do when I stumbled on this site. I’d make him a suit so he would have a portable mat anywhere he wanted to practice his moves. I’d make one for me if I ever decided to take up drinking again.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

12 years ago

Hehe! I was playing with those @ the hobby shop during CPW. They're fun, but somewhat limiting as to what you can build. Entertained me for a while, but I just couldn't play with them for any longer than 20 minutes - I was standing in the hobby shop, surrounded by so.....much.....awesome......machinery..........!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

I know, you guys have like, the ultimate shop. I'm sooooo jealous!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

I would make a model of a caffiene molecule, and a theobromine molecule.

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chooseausername
chooseausername

Reply 12 years ago

And you would not even try a Marge Simpson wig ?????

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

No. I do not like the simpsons.

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 12 years ago

Not like the Simpsons? That's it - can someone please ban Adrian Monk from the site? We don't want her kind around here! (Just kidding ;-)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Where's the tolerance?

I'm going to quote Spongebob here:

Where's...where's the love?"

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

Don't drag Spongebob into this mess!!

This problem must be dealt with!!!!!

You must be dealt with!

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 12 years ago

The love is in parentheses at the bottom. :-P

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

Reply 12 years ago

What?!

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

*cough*doublehelix*cough*

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

Eric knows what I mean...

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

Okay...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

The boys want to make all-over suits for throwing themselves down hills.

Personally, I'd make a costume for Hallowe'en and call myself Captain Packing Peanut.



Do they come in other colours? That would add variety to the possibilities.

Are they all identical in shape?

What is that orange furry head-thing in the background of some of the photos?

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bradpowers
bradpowers

Reply 12 years ago

It's a speaker. A monster speaker. Hence the fur.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Oh... What a disappointingly sensible answer. I was kind of hoping it was an accidental sneak-preview of a massive Hallowe'en project.

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 12 years ago

"What is that orange furry head-thing in the background of some of the photos?"

I believe that's Randy. <ducks>

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 12 years ago

Personally, I'd make a costume for Hallowe'en and call myself Captain Packing Peanut.

LOL!

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

They are like the simpsons, they never age.....

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Brennn10
Brennn10

12 years ago

I would use them as a practice pad for when my brother and I play lacrosse in our back yard. It is a pain putting all of the pads on to maybe check a little bit. Some light padding like this would be awesome.

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Patrik
Patrik

12 years ago

Hmm... since these things don't tile perfectly into a flat sheet, they must have a lot of uniformly shaped foam scraps as well, right? At the very least, one six-pointed star, and four rounded square blocks of foam, for each one of these pieces. I'm sure we could think of some interesting things to do with the scraps as well!

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forgesmith
forgesmith

12 years ago

Emergency splints / immobilizers. Sometimes victims (think car wrecks) need to be kept in just this position. These are customizable. They could also be used for custom padding during extraction, depending on their cut resistance, and more generally for when a person is trapped in an awkward position. If they were stiff enough, you could push them into a narrow gap between a person and a surface, perhaps enough to lift them up and provide support.

Extra stiffness could be done with a different formulation foam, I'm thinking about wrestling mat foam I've seen before, or use a layered construction with metal inside, nothing stamped about the same shape (impractical for a few reasons) but rather a simple heavy wire circle with three radial arms (the male connectors) between the two sheets of foam. The wire core would also increase shapeability.

Depending on the foam, you could vacuum pack a great deal of these into a small flat package that emergency crews would like. They also like things to go fast, so they should be pre-assembled in a sheet form. Rip open pack (*pooomph*, that'll never get old), do test fit, pull some out, stick in some tabs, go. Better than something like an inflatable cast as it's versatile, you can leave out a chunk for skin access like for an IV or a wound, even wrap them around an IV, or small tree branch. Niche market, but you should be able to show they're better/cheaper so they'll sell.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

12 years ago

Hmmm, things I'd do with magic foam building blocks... Make identical suits of padding designed to fit under clothes and then go to the XXL size shop for the over clothes, then get a mate and have a colossal fat guy street fight... make a bed from them, or at least a mattress these could actually form the basis of amazingly packable furniture lines, something a bit comfier than that plastic fold out chair the nips you a lot... Make large structures from them and invite members of the public to build them up, adding wings and other parts to them, to get a big foamy building made by everyone... Cover a car in them and have some confusing fun Dress up as obviously fake police and make foamy bats etc. possibly riot plosic versions for breaking up the colossal fat guy fight...

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Labot2001
Labot2001

12 years ago

That looks so fun!

Are they float-able? I'd step into Tim-territory and make a boat. :D

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

12 years ago

Ah!!! Finally, something I can deal with *stretches fingers*

  • A godzilla suit seems pretty easy to make with this....
  • A car!!!!
  • Iron monger?
  • Foameez Fort! Foameez Fort!!

Darn it! I really can't come up with anything cool!

  • Following the idea of a godzilla suit.......a dragon.....or King Gidorah (godzilla monster)
  • The Iron Giant!!!!
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark?
  • Get some stilts, then cover yourself with these, you got a giant monster!!!! (say, the werewolf stilts?)
  • A centaur costume? With a second person to serve as the back legs, of perhaps connect the back legs with the front legs somehow?
  • An octupus! or.....better yet.....POC's the Kraken!!!!!!!

*

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

12 years ago

If I had some, I'd make a castle for my dog to sleep in. Or a castle for ME to sleep in! NO! I'd make a blue instructables robot... 3 feet tall!

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah. If only I had some, I could make a 3 feet tall Instructables robot.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 12 years ago

*Ehem* Giant instructables robot. I'll make it 5 feet tall!

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

12 years ago

I like the fantastic four head ball thing, now if you had enough you could make a kid size hamster ball, and with few more a big kid size hamster ball for the lake ...

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

Or even a small floating multi fishing rod holding raft...

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

And you could even grow food on it...

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

And with Patrik's throne chair, and skate6566 castle, it would be a self supporting, floating instructable island ... So how many do you have ?

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Patrik
Patrik

12 years ago

I assume these are a closed cell foam? If so, a reconfigurable comfy chair would be an obvious application... Does he have any other pieces, with a 4- or 5-fold symmetry?

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. I had the same thought. GMTA. If they are non-porous, might even make a good light-duty table. . With larger pieces, temporary furniture would be convenient to set up. And they look like they would make great toys when not being used as furniture.

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Patrik
Patrik

12 years ago

These would make for all kinds of great pool floats - if I only had a pool, that is! :-D

Love the "Christy Bouvier" pics!

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Big Bwana
Big Bwana

Reply 12 years ago

Stuff a little ball of rockwool in them and your could grow hydroponic lettuce in them on your pool, Or a few LED's and you'd have some neat looking pool floaties, but you'd need a pool, or at very least a bathtub .....

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Patrik
Patrik

Reply 12 years ago

Hm... I don't have a pool, but I do have a 7th-floor balcony. How many of these things did you have, you say? :-D